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2014 Alan Kan TAI CHI Retreat

We are extending the Deadline to Friday, May 9, 2014 to sign up for the Alan Kan Tai Chi Retreat.
This is the 26th year of our Tai Chi Retreat. Unfortunately, registration is low this year. To assure this retreat will continue for years to come, we need people to sign up and attend the retreat. The Alan Kan Tai Chi Retreat has always been a very rewarding experience for all who have attended in the past. If this is your first time at the retreat, I’m sure you’ll have a great experience! Please Sign-up!
Thursday evening – Sunday noon, June 5-8, 2014.    
La Casa de Maria, Montecito (South of Santa Barbara)
GREETINGS! Enclosed is information on the 2014 Alan Kan Tai Chi Retreat, Thursday evening through Sunday noon, June 5–8, 2014. The cost covers room and board (except Thursday dinner & Friday lunch), Saturday morning lesson with Master Zhao Yun, Retreat T-shirt and gratuities.  We will be staying at the San Ysidro House at La Casa de Maria in Montecito, Ca.  Car-pooling is encouraged.  Please make your own travel arrangements.
Please email your registration to Theresa Shibuya at:
Please include your name, address, telephone number and email address, and indicate the the number of nights you will stay.
  1. Three Nights: Lodging for Thursday night through Sunday noon, and meals from Friday breakfast through Sunday lunch. (Thursday dinner & Friday lunch are not included.) The cost is $355.
  2. Two Nights: Lodging for Friday night through Sunday noon, and meals from Friday Barbeque through Sunday lunch.  The cost is $305.
  3. One Night: Lodging for Saturday night through Sunday noon, and meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch.  The cost is $252.
  4. Day Visitors: Saturday usage of La Casa’s grounds and facilities, and meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cost is $140.
Please mail your check, payable to Angela Seymour and include your name, address, telephone number and email address by May 9, 2014 to:

Angela Seymour

6690 Vista del Mar, Unit A
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Tel. (310) 821-4115        Email:
Please read below for the Registration Policies:
If you wish to register after the deadline (May 9, 2014), a LATE FEE of $50.00 will be applied for overnight stays. A LATE FEE of $30.00 will be applied for late registration of Day Visitors. Late registration cannot be accepted after May 19, 2014.
If you need to cancel on or before May 19, 2014, a full refund minus the cost of the Retreat T-shirt (approx. $25) will be given.
If you need to cancel after May 19, 2014 and/or up to June 5, 2014, a full refund minus the cost of the Retreat T-shirt and meals will be given.
Once the retreat has started (June 5, 2014), a refund will not be available.
In order to maintain a tranquil retreat environment, La Casa de Maria does not allow children at retreat functions.
La Casa de Maria asks that parents of children arrange for child care at home while they are on retreat at La Casa.
Thursday Evening: meet at San Ysidro House at LCDM, 5:30 p.m. and together we will go out for dinner nearby.
Friday Evening:  BBQ dinner in front of the house 6 p.m. until it gets dark.  If you plan to arrive Friday, please arrive as early as possible. Orientation meeting by La Casa (in lieu of registration) follows BBQ.
Expect dormitory bunk bed facility.  All bedding supplies and towels will be provided.  Ladies’ dorm and bath are upstairs; the men’s are downstairs. First come first served.  We generally do not go into town during the retreat.
  Bring:-  Small flashlight
–  Flip flop/robe for dorm-style bath
–  Earplugs (?), standard dorm equipment
–  Munchies/fruits/drinks to share for the weekend. (We’ll have a refrigerator.)
–  Comfortable shoes for walking/hiking and doing Tai Chi outdoors on basketball courts.
–  Jacket for cool evenings outdoors to look at a sky full of stars
  •  Camera and musical instrument if you are so inclined.
  •  Although bedding is provided, if you prefer you can bring your own sleeping bag.
Also available: Massage (separate cost), unheated swimming pool, tennis court, healthy and delicious meals, hiking trails, meditation room, chapel, fresh air, laughter and the magic of the La Casa grounds.
Programs are usually group activities drawn on our own talents. They tend to be spiritual, philosophical, psychological, creative or just plain silly and fun (ideas and requests welcome.)
Typical schedule from past experience:
Thursday:  Dinner out, informal program.
Friday- Tai Chi before meals. BBQ dinner, evening program.
Saturday-Tai Chi before meals. Tai Chi instruction; outdoor activities; evening program.
Sunday – Tai Chi before meals; Tai Chi instruction; outdoor activities before lunch.
Program ends after Sunday lunch.
We look forward to another weekend of great fun and fellowship.  If you have any question, please do not hesitate to email anyone of us; Theresa Shibuya at dukeandgigi@yahoo.comMark Hiraide at, or Angela Seymour at
For more information on La Casa de Maria go to:
See you at the retreat!  
Theresa, Mark & Seymour

Move-To-Live Event at Equinox South Bay 9-23-2012 is proud to sponsor and participate in the MOVE-TO-LIVE event on Sunday September 23, 2012.

Here is what event co-coordinator John Kim has to say about this special event:

Exercise is not just about gaining muscles or losing weight anymore but it’s about moving everyday to increase our bodies’ range of motion, flexibility, and strength. Come and find out how different exercises can be effective for healing purposes whether it’s strength training, tai chi, kettlebell, or yoga.

This event is open to anyone interested in wellness, exercise & physical rehabilitation. Based on my own recovery after spine surgery, it’s to create awareness that our bodies have the natural ability to heal through exercise and movement, empower people to live their lives and be active again, and free people from the mental handicap and fear they live with due to their chronic pain and injuries.


EQUINOX SOUTH BAY – 5400 Rosecrans Ave / Isis Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250. Few blocks from the 405 Freeway Bordering Manhattan Beach. (

Equinox Club South Bay


Bring a mat, lawn chair, water. Wear comfortable clothes, hat, sunblock.


Early arrival is highly recommended. Bring your friends and family. Networking opportunities will be available from 10:30-11 and 12:30-1. The event will start at 11am sharp, please arrive on time.


PARKING: FREE PARKING behind the building. Turn into Isis Ave from Rosecrans Ave to enter the parking lot.


KURT ELDER – NASM Personal Trainer

PAUL TERRY – Tai Chi Instructor / Music Teacher / Artist

TRAVIS from EQUINOX – Fitness Trainer

GIVEAWAYS: 2 FREE training sessions, 3 months FREE membership valued at $500

PHOTOGRAPHER: Marcus Schaller

SPONSOR: Equinox South Bay

Jay Sunderland – Membership Advisor
C: (949) 632-1442 / W: (310) 727-9543

If interested in membership information before the event, call Jay at C: (949) 632-1442. For any ATTENDEES and sign up for membership before or the day of the event, Jay will discount the
initiation fee to $22 FROM $495/$645 for both select & all access location(s).

Anyone that RSVP’s for the event will have a FREE PASS to Equinox until the day of the event, in addition, receive a FREE hour with a Personal Trainer during this FREE TRIAL.

DISCLAIMER: Not all exercise and movement programs are suitable for everyone. Attendees should consult a licensed healthcare professional before starting any exercise and movement program. The information provided during the event is in no way intended to substitute for medical counseling. The techniques and information provided during the event are solely testimonial of exercise and movement programs used by John Kim during his recovery after spine surgery for rehabilitation purposes and is not a guarantee of outcome for others experiencing any form of injuries and/or pain and for rehabilitation after surgery. By RSVP’ing for the event, you agree to release John Kim, Landmark Education, Kurt Elder, Energy F/X Fitness Consultants, Paul Terry, TC Society, NASM, Equinox South Bay, Equinox, and any and all volunteers, sponsors, and anyone else associated with the event of all liability. Each speaker will share exercises and/or moves that benefited them and/or their clients in reducing chronic pain and/or recovering from injuries. You have the choice to participate in the exercises and moves during and after the event. Your participation in any of these exercises and moves is at your own risk and you disclaim all liability for any injury sustained as a result of practicing any of the exercises and movements demonstrated at the event.

Blue Moon at the Getty Center 8/31


About the EVENT___________________________

Dear Friends,

It is a good time to put ourselves in the nature of change and enjoy the wonder of the universe. We will see a full moon rising at 7:13 pm and watch the sun sets into the ocean at 7:19 this Friday evening.  I plan to spend the whole afternoon in Getty Center museum then go out to the garden area to watch moon and sun and practice Tai Chi from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

It will be around 70 degrees next weekend. By the evening, temperature may suddenly drop along the shore line. You may like to read on for more information about blue moon and places we can meet.


About the GETTY CENTER___________________________

FRIDAY – The Getty Center is open-  10:00 am  –  9:00pm
TCSociety gathering:  Garden area-  6:00  –  8:00 pm

Admission information:

  • -Admission to the Getty Center and to all exhibitions is FREE
  • -no reservations required
  • -parking is $15.
  • -groups are welcome!

Learn more about arranging a group visit.

The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.


About the BLUE MOON___________________________

About a blue moon —

It’s very rare that you would see a blue-colored moon, although unusual sky conditions – certain-sized particles of dust or smoke – can create them. Blue-colored moons aren’t predictable. So don’t be misled by the photo above. The sorts of moons people commonly call Blue Moons aren’t usually blue. For more about truly blue-colored moons, click here.

Now on to folklore’s Blue Moons. Every month typically has a full moon (although sometimes February doesn’t). In fact, our word for “month” comes from the word “moon.” Most of the time, the names for full moons coincide with particular months or seasons of the year. So whether you define a Blue Moon as the second full moon in a month – or the third full moon of four in a season – the name Blue Moon accounts for times when there are more full moons than is ordinary.

Blue moon as second full moon in a month. In recent decades, many people have begun using the name Blue Moon to describe the second full moon of a calendar month.

The time between one full moon and the next is close to the length of a calendar month. So the only time one month can have two full moons is when the first full moon happens in the first few days of the month. This happens every 2-3 years, so these sorts of Blue Moons come about that often.

When is the next Blue Moon, according to this first definition? August 31, 2012.


JOIN US!!! All are welcome.


Tai Chi field trip to Monterey Park (Little Taipei) July 2012

Have you had a good vacation this year?  Would you like to see Taipei in Los Angeles? Would you like to see Asian exercises in a park in LA? Do you like to taste good Chinese food?

Come to join me for our Tai Chi field trip to Monterey Park (Little Taipei) next Sunday (7/1). If you get to the park early, you will see interesting group activities in every corner of the park. Usually crowds start to gather after dawn. Exercise groups come and go till later morning one after another. You may be surprised by the variety of exercises people can do. All our weekend classes remain the same. But if you plan to go Douglas Park for morning session, please call Gene at 805 579.0271 to arrange.

Our Tai Chi exercise will start at 7:00 for an hour followed by a Tai Chi lesson from 8:00 to 9:30. No experience is required. Just follow me to have a good time. We will meet on the slope, south of the playground in the park.

You and all your friends & family are welcome to join. If you like to stay for a delicious breakfast for brunch, we will go to New Capital Seafood Restaurant for Dim Sum at 9: 45am. You may like to spend sometime to shop in the mall after the Dim Sum. I like to stay around to sample foods like BBQ or Taiwanese shaved ice.


If you have not been to my classes, take this opportunity to experience what Tai Chi can do for you and see a different world through Little Taipei without leaving home. If you can not make to the park, you are still welcome to join me for the Dim Sum.

Please let me know if you are interested. . (310) 463-5920

How much for the lesson?  $15     * TCSociety member and friend & family (included in your membership already)


Barnes Memorial Park                              New Capital seafood Restaurant

400 S. Mcpherrin  Ave                               140 W. Valley Blvd, D 4th floor

(top floor of the mall)

Monterey Park                                             San Gabriel, CA 91776

626 288.1899

***  South of the play ground

7:00 to 9:30 a.m.                                         9:45 to 11:00 a.m.

Tips: Order only few dishes of Dim Sum if you plan to stay around for lunch. Dim Sum is tea snacks for Cantonese in the morning. we can do some shopping before lunch.There are more than twenty different restaurants, within walking distance, for you to enjoy.

Such as:

Veggie Paradise: stir fry greens, Fried Oyster mushroom.

Pa Pa Walk:  Mango shaved ice.

About the mall:

Duck House:  Peking duck,  within 2 miles.

Empress Harbor: Dim Sum and Cantonese, within 2 mls.

LA Tai Chi Workshop Reminder: Breathing and Qi Flow in Meridians

In Tai Chi Chuan, self defense is the application, Chi Kung is the internal power house for all stances. They must be together to make your practice efficient. Your ability will be greatly improved if you can control your Chi flow.

breathing and Qi flow in meridiansIn these workshops you will learn the concept of Chi and understand its flow in our body. Furthermore, you will learn ways to build up your Chi, and ways to circulate it inside, and how to direct it for applications.

There are three workshops in three Sundays. You may take all three to achieve better results or you may just choose the one interested you. As I always emphasized, you must understand the logic of Tai Chi to make it alive in your mind. then it will stay with you and last for your lifetime.

Topic: Breathing and Qi Flow in Meridians

Date: January 22, 2012, Sunday

Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Tuition: $70 (or $180 for all three sessions)

Location: Yahoo Center (2425 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, Ca 90043)/ Entrance of underground parking is on

Colorado Ave near Cloverfield)

Click Here for more details.



Tai Chi does A Life Good

Let us energize our new year with Tai Chi!

Dear Friend,

You and your family and friends are invited to a special Spring Tai Chi session – free for beginner and all levels.

Douglas Park Tai Chi Santa Monica

Location: Douglas Park in Santa Monica (Wilshire Blvd & 25th Street)

Date: January 15, Sunday

Time: 9:30 to10:30 a.m.

What to wear: comfortable dress with flat shoes

What to bring: Friends and family


TC Hou
Tai Chi does A life Good

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Tai Chi Field Trip Sunday August 21, 2011

Hi Friend,

Have you had a vacation this year yet? Would you like to see Taipei in Los Angeles? Would you like to see Asian exercises in a park in LA? Do you like to taste good Chinese food?

Come join me for our Tai Chi field trip to Monterey Park (Little Taipei) next Sunday (8/21). If you get to the park early, you will see groups of morning exercisers practice in every corner of the park. Usually crowds start to gather after dawn. Exercise groups come and go till later morning one after another. You may be surprised by the variety of exercises people can do.

Our Tai Chi exercise will start at 8:30 for two hours. No experience required. Just follow me to have a good time. We will meet on the slope, south of the playground in the park.

Our lunch will be at Green Island Restaurant, one of my favorites, starting at 11:00am.

If you have not been to my classes, take this opportunity to experience what Tai Chi can do for you and see a different world through Little Taipei without leaving home. You are welcome to join me for lunch only.

Please let me know if you are going. (310) 463-5920

How much?

$20 for public (lesson & lunch)
* TCSociety member ($10 for lunch)

Where: See below

When: August 21, 2011, Sunday

Barnes Park (8:30 to 10:30 a.m.)
400 S. Mcpherrin Ave
Monterey Park
(626) 289-7788
*** South of the play ground

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Green Island Restaurant (11:00 to noon)
500 North Atlantic Blvd., Suite No. 169
Monterey Park, Ca 91745
(Atlantic Blvd & Hellman Ave)

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Best Regards,

TC Hou
Tai Chi does A Life Good
310 463.5920

8-1-2009 Getty Center Tai Chi Sunset Moon Rise – photos

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8-1-2009 Getty Center Tai Chi Sunset Moon Rise

My Dear Friend,

On this coming Saturday, 8/1, Sun will set at 7:55 and Moon will rise at 5:12 p.m. I plan to enjoy that evening at Getty Center, practicing my Tai Chi in the garden under the Sun and Moon, watching the color change from the mountain to the ocean.

There are only few times in a year, mother nature offers us scene like this. If you like to break away from your daily routine and enjoy it with me, please feel free to do so.

Let us meet at: Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300

Practice: Simple and effective breathing with Tai Chi movements
Time : 6:00 to 8: 00 p.m

TC Hou
Tai Chi does A Life Good